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Breitling Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition


Breitling’s ultra-masculine Super Avenger model has been offered in numerous variations over the years, most recently with a military-style 24-hour dial, but up until now it has been one of the few collections without a Breitling-made engine under its hood. That changes with the release of the new Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition, the first Super Avenger outfitted with the brand’s in-house Caliber 01, and limited to 100 pieces, and available only, as its name would suggest, at the 60 Breitling boutiques worldwide.

Breitling Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition - front

While there is very little that could be called subtle about this weighty, 48-mm timepiece, the details denoting the Super Avenger 01 as a limited edition qualify, namely the red “Edition Limitée” inscription above the 6 o’clock subdial, and the red sections of track on the periphery of the 3 o’clock subdial. The dial, in Breitling’s hallmark “Volcano Black,” features the familiar three-register arrangement, with tone-on-tone, snailed subdials at 3 o’clock, for the 30-minute chrono counter, 6 o’clock for the 12-hour chrono counter, and 9 o’clock for the running seconds. Picking up the details of the dial, the central chronograph seconds hand is also in red, and tallies elapsed times to 1/4 second. The date appears in a window at 4:30; the hour and minute hands and the applied hour indices are all suitably large and legible, with luminescent coating.

Breitling Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition - reclining

Ticking beneath a special caseback engraved with a vintage-look pin-up and a “Special Delivery” inscription, is the aforementioned Caliber 01, Breitling’s first in-house movement. Its features include automatic winding, an integrated chronograph function, a high-frequency of 28,800 vph (hence the 1/4-second timekeeping precision), a 70-hour power reserve, and most importantly for those accuracy stickler, a COSC chronometer certification. The movement is protected inside the 300-meter water-resistant steel case, which is enhanced with a unidirectional, ratcheted rotating bezel with Breitling’s characteristic rider tabs; screwed-in push-piece guards for the chronograph pushers and a screw-locked crown; and a curved sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides. The whole ensemble comes mounted on a steel bracelet in Breitling’s recognizable “Professional” style and retails for $7,800.

Breitling Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition - dial CU
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